Top tips for styling your Bournemouth holiday home

If you build it, they will come, right? Wrong! When it comes to holiday homes in Dorset there is a hellavalot of competition and you need your place to stay out from the crowd.

You may have the place feng shui’d to the max and looking like it comes straight from the pages of

But style experts Alexander James Interior Design point out that practicality is a key consideration too:

“When considering the décor of your holiday let, you need to think not only of the appeal of the interior décor but also the practicalities of it. It needs to be easy to maintain. Paint is much easier to clean and touch up than wallpaper, wood/laminate/tiled floors rather than carpet,” said Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design.

According to the Alexander James team, there are 10 things that holidaymakers are looking for from a rental property:

  1. Are dogs are allowed? There are plenty of people with dogs in the UK who want to take their furry friend away with them.
  2. Nice linen. The White Company bed linen and towels, with wool throws and cushions is ideal.
  3. Tech. That includes iPod docs, Sonos sound systems and TVs with freeview and Netflix.
  4. Wi-Fi. This is a non-negotiable in this day and age.
  5. Kitchen comforts. Holidays should be about relaxation and doing as little as possible, so dishwashers, Nespresso machines and the like are rapidly becoming essential.
  6. Good quality china and glassware. Chipped and scratched Ikea white plates won’t cut it!
  7. Parking
  8. Outside space. This should ideally include a BBQ area with plentiful seating.
  9. Comfy mattresses.
  10. A welcome hamper. These are becoming increasingly common, with guests expecting a few essentials upon arrival (wine, bread, milk and butter as a bare minimum).

The key is for owners to ensure that anyone viewing the photographs will instantly be able to imagine themselves in the property. Those lacking in inspiration can look at holiday let websites like Unique Homestays and Boutique Retreats for ideas on how to style their photographs. The Alexander James Interior Design team would also be happy to help!

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For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at, email or call 020 7887 7604.



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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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